Lipstick

NYE BEAUTY: ADD SPARKLE TO MORE THAN JUST YOUR OUTFIT THIS NYE!

On New Year’s Eve, add sparkle to more than just your outfit! Play up your make-up and have some fun. Day to day I don’t wear a smokey eye and keep my make-up more on the natural side so when it comes to a night out, like NYE, I love playing up my eyes. Also, I’m a big fan of any excuse to buy gold glitter eyeliner as you’ll see below. Here are a few of latest additions to my make-up bag that are perfect to ring in the New Year!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette – Discovered this palatte in Scandalust from mega beauty influencer Marianna Hewitt who was recreating Emily Ratajkowski’s look done by makeup artist, Hung Vanngo. Highly suggest you follow his Instagram account, he is behind some of the most iconic models and celebrities beauty looks and is such an inspiration! I recently met Marianna Hewitt at a blogger event for Who What Wear in NYC, where she spoke on a panel. I had the privilege to meet her and told her I had just purchased this Marc Jacobs palette because of her and she said it is such a good one which made me feel even more excited about my purchase! I always lean towards bronze and golds on my eyes and loved the mix of rust within this palatte. It’s the perfect base to create a NYE look!

Emily’s look — major inspo:

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner — I cant help it, ever since elementary school I’ve been drawn towards glittery things. Perhaps the obsession started with my first purchase of the Bath & Body Works ‘Art Stuff’ glitter roller ball. Me and my friends loved putting this ridiculous purple and blue glitter all over our eye lids and face. (I hope those of you reading this can relate because looking up a picture now to hyperlink to ‘Art Stuff’ has brought me so much joy!) However, this Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter liner gives me the same satisfaction but way more grown up. I discovered it when Byrdie.com invited me to join their Byrdie Beauty Lab powered by Nordstrom here in NYC. They had a pop-up where they featured the best beauty products sold at Nordstrom and I was immediately drawn to it! A touch of it over my black eyeliner and it adds just enough sparkle for a fun night!

Laura Mercier Kajal D’Orient — I was gifted this Laura Mercier Kajal D’Orient in Noir Supreme and am obsessed. For years, using a thick pencil like this was my signature move but then I somehow started using liquid liner and took a break from the Kajal life. But within the last few months since receiving this I absolutely love it! If you enjoy a more smudged liner look and smokey eye, this is for you. I use it with an angled brush to wing it out. It’s also easy to line the inside and waterline of your lids with it’s smooth application.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder — Can’t have enough of Laura Mercier! I love this highlighter in shade Indiscretion for a quick J. Lo glow. A little bit above my cheek bones and above the eyelid add the perfect amount of sheen. Also, I have super sensitive skin and this product hasn’t made me break out like past powders have. Shop it, here.

Dior Addict Lipstick — I took a photo into Sephora of this model I discovered on Instagram during NYFW with the perfect pink pout that looked effortless and natural but still there. This is basically the constant lip color I’m searching for and this Dior shade in 578 is a top favorite of mine! Since I usually smoke up my eyes for a night out, especially NYE, I like to go more natural on the lip. This lipstick is perfect because it makes your lips look like your lips  — only better. It’s also a great everyday product because it’s moisturizing, sheen and gives the right amount of color.

Artis Brushes — Your tools to create your makeup look are just as important as your product! I recently had the privilege to be invited to the Artis showroom in NYC and learned so much about these luxury makeup brushes. They just came out with these brushes in the “Smoke” shade, how fitting for NYE! Their brushes have changed the game when it comes to makeup tools and feel amazing to use. Shown here is the Circle 1 brush, great for shadow or even to conceal. The second brush is the, Linear 1 brush, which is great for liners and making things precise. Shop them, here.

I hope this inspires you to switch up your NYE look and add some sparkle in more ways than one!

Thank you for all your support in 2017 and following this journey with me. Here’s to 2018 and making it one of the best years yet!

Happy New Year!

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THE PERFECT EVERYDAY LIP

I don’t know how many times I’ve searched for the perfect nude, everyday lipstick.

It is so hard finding the right balance of pink and warm tones that work well for not only my skin tone but every day wear.

I’m constantly looking for a lip color I can wear on a daily basis for an easy, fresh face.

And then you finally find it…behold, Laura Mercier’s Lip Colour Sheer in Bare Lips.

The name alone is perfection. It goes on so smooth, almost like a lip balm. So many lipsticks are not moisturizing and really dry out your lips — but not this one my friends. It glides on so easy and has the right amount of color that lasts all day! I promise!

I love wearing this lipstick alone for a subtle pink hue or lately I’ve been using it as a a base for other lip colors. The soft pink shade evens out the tone of my lips making any lip color I layer on top, really pop.

I highly recommend this lipstick because when you find the right one with the exact balance of rosy pink, nude tone and moisture you can’t just keep it to yourself!

Shop the color, here.

You’re welcome,

Syma

 

GET THE GLOW…EVEN IN WINTER

Can winter be over already?

I don’t know about you but I’m over these freezing temps! But just because it’s dark and dreary out doesn’t mean your skin has to be.

It is possible to achieve a glow that will reminisce of your summer days with a few key products.

I was at brunch with a few friends over the weekend post snow storm and my friend Sophia admired my highlighter. I obviously had to get a pic and it inspired me to share a post with you all on what I use to achieve the look. See below 🙂

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PAT MCGRATH SKIN FETISH 003 in GOLDEN I have Instagram to thank for this purchase. World renowned make-up artist, Pat McGrath launched her own makeup line a few months back and I saw this highlighter teased out on Instagram by some of my favorite It Girls. I’m all about any product that helps you achieve that J.Lo glow so I had to have it. I immediately texted my make-up artist friend, Kendall because I knew she’d want this product as much as I did! So grateful to have a make-up obsessed friend like her because she was able to order it for me as it sold out so quickly and could barely make it in my cart! What’s cool about this product is that it has two ends on the stick –a balm to achieve a dewiness, a golden hue and then an illuminating powder to set the highlight stick with a special edition brush that comes with the kit. A little goes a long way  — I like above my cheek bone and on the brow bone.

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NARS BLUSH in GINA + DEEP THROAT – This is my everyday blush combo I am sharing with you all, you’re welcome. I wanted a matte peachy blush forever ago and came across this shade by Nars called Gina. However, that wasn’t enough. I needed a touch of sheen that wasn’t over the top shimmery to layer on top which resulted in the perfect pink shade called ‘Deep Throat’. It’s a toned down version of the favorite ‘Orgasm’ and it looks good on everyone. You’ll adore this combo – trust me.

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I complete this look with a simple neutral lip color. I love Laura Mercier’s lip sheen in “Bare Lips”. Not only does it give a touch of rose sheen but is super moisturizing – win-win!

Hope these tips will not only brighten your skin but your day!

Xo,

Syma

 

Welcome to The Glossier Penthouse

I’ve been a fan of Into The Gloss for as long as I can remember and think Emily Weiss, the creator, is a genius and major #girlBOSS. I was fan-girling out when Into The Gloss launched their beauty line, Glossier.  Scrolling through Instagram this past weekend, I saw that the Glossier Penthouse was open once again to show off their latest collection. I texted my best girlfriends and made a day of it!

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From the Phase 1 collection, I own the Perfecting Skin Tint and Balm Dot Calm (best name ever) so I was excited to see the latest products up close and in-person. If you’re in NYC and a beauty lover like me, I highly suggest you check out the space! First off, it’s beautiful. Located in Soho, the penthouse is beautifully decorated with insane natural light, an amazing terrace, clean white counter-tops, touches of the signature Glossier pink from it’s packaging and a model-filled mood board. I was also obsessed with the hip hop jams playing while I was testing beauty products. Basically, me living the dream.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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I can never pass up a new lipstick, so I immediately focused on the new lip stains featured in the new collection called, _Generation G. This is the perfect everyday lip. It goes on like a balm but wears like a lip stain. The color is sheer but can build to the intensity you want. I chose the ‘Crush’ shade which is a stunning berry pink. This color is totally universal and looks amazing on a variety of skin tones. I rocked it the next day and got a ton of compliments. Definitely a great way to start a Monday. Be sure to check out all four shades.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Another fun new addition to the Glossier family is the Stretch Concealer. It wears very smooth and easy to apply. Not cakey or flat and gives a nice dewy finish – ideal for under eyes and to offer some brightness which everyone needs in their life.

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I’m not one to pencil-in my brows but I’ve heard awesome things about the ‘Boy Brow’ if you want to get your Cara Delevingne on. This wonder wand is also part of the Phase 2 kit and is a great way to make your brows stand out. I also left the penthouse with one more purchase, The _Priming Moisturizer. I tried a dab on my hand and it felt incredibly soft — I basically wanted to buy 10 bottles for my entire body but I settled on one for now.

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The girls in the showroom were so helpful and it was so fun talking beauty with them as they are just as obsessed as I am. Definitely check the space out if you’re in the New York area, I know they will be open again this coming weekend. Find out more on their Instagram, here.

THE BEST DRUGSTORE MATTE LIPGLOSSES

 

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All yours for under $15.00.

Having #KylieLipKit FOMO? We’ve all been there. Even if you’re not following Kylie Jenner — I’m sure you have heard of The Kylie Lip Kit.

We might have to blame Instagram, but beauty fanatics everywhere know all we want in our make-up bag right now is a matte lipgloss. However, the Kylie Lip Kit isn’t so easy to get our hands on so I’ve found the next best thing. Actually, the next best three things…

On a recent trip to Chicago, my sister and I went a little lip gloss crazy at Ulta — we tend to get very excited not only when we see each other but when we hit the make-up aisle at any drugstore.

My top three matte lip gloss brands ranked?

#1 – L ‘Oreal

What is hilarious is that I saw the L’Oreal Pro-Matte Lipgloss promoted on Nylon.com and took a screenshot and sent it to my sisters the week before. Just a few hours later, I received snapchats from both of them with the new gloss — they had purchased that day! As you can tell, beauty obsession runs in the family. The L’Oreal definitely feels the best on and gives you an instant pop of color. You really only need one swipe and you’re golden for the day. That’s right — after a few hours I didn’t need to reapply. I love ‘Statement Nude’ in this line — it’s a rosey nude shade that is perfect for everyday wear.

#2 – Maybelline

The Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid is a close second. I purchased “Nude Thrill” and I have no regrets. The perfect mix of brown with a hint of pink so it doesn’t completely wash me out.

#3 – NYX  

And last but certainly not least, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I picked up Abu Dhabi and Tokyo. I would definitely say these are the best ones to mix other lip colors with. Abu Dhabi is also closest to the signature Kylie “Dolce K” lip color. These glide on super smooth but aren’t completely matte. They offer insane color so I like mixing them when you want to brighten or darken a shade.

Each lipgloss is under $15.00, there’s no reason not to try them all! I highly recommend.

Can’t wait to see your matte lip selfies!

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